We’re home. . .and with a few moments of reflection time, I’d like to complete my final two blogs of this trip, reflecting on our final night in Puglia and our final night in Venice. Each spectacular!
A gala evening including an outdoor BBQ with 30 regional specialties awaited us at Hotel Torre Lido Egnazia. After “just taking a spoonful” of each, I ended up with two full plates, put them in front of me, and thought, “Are you kidding?? I can never eat all of this!!”
With bellies full we changed into our final clean clothes for the final Milonga! The evening was graced by an exhibition of Germàn and Magdalena.
The next morning it was off to Venice for our final evening. Deciding to stay in Cannaregio (one of the “sestiere”/neighborhoods), we thought 1)it would be a bit closer to the airport and 2) it would give us an opportunity to experience a different part of Venice.
We stashed our two large suitcases in the “left luggage” spot at the airport. What a huge relief to not lug those things around!
Bingo! We hit the jackpot. We discovered the perfect apartment for the long-term stay we are anticipating for 2021. In a quiet calle, away from crowds, large, comfy, in a 17th century building. Yet just 30 seconds from the front door are restaurants, cafes, and two magnificently stocked grocery stores.
A few discoveries as we walked the Strada Nuova, the “street” that stretches from the railway station all the way to San Marco:
- Hillery Clinton’s emails! Yep, they’re part of the Biennale!
2) Fondamenta Ormesini with its multiple sidewalk eateries.
We basked in the final few moments in this lovely city, albeit really crawling with tourists at this time.
Sunday morning we had a final view of the Grand Canal from the small dock by our calle, boarded the Alilaguna, and headed home.